5 Tips for Designing Small Spaces

Designer ideas for decorating small rooms.

pink chairs in living room
Francesco Lagnese
Decorating a small room poses unique challenges for every designer. Check out these five easy tips for making the most out of your less-than-large space.
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pink chairs in living room
Francesco Lagnese
Narrow Rooms
In a long living room, break down the space by creating three separate seating areas with pieces of furniture that are small in scale. Also, use mirrors at each end to reflect light throughout the whole room.
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table and chairs in library
Thomas Loof
Multifunctional Furniture
In a Manhattan apartment that lacks a formal dining room, a Chinese Chippendale game table serves multiple purposes in front of the living room bookcase. Other tables around the house can be used when guests come for dinner.
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light living room
Victoria Pearson
Continuous Color
A soft, light color running throughout a small house fades away to let the focus remain on the sweeping views outside the living room windows. A lack of artwork on the walls also keeps the space from feeling closed and cramped.
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neutral living room
Simon Watson
Uncluttered Space
In small spaces, it's important to keep things as simple as possible. This living room boasts clean, neutral-colored walls and the original floors painted a cool shade of gray. The absence of rugs and small trinkets on tables keeps the "fussiness" to a minimum.
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large four-poster bed
John M. Hall
Statement Pieces
In a small master bedroom, make a big statement with one large piece of furniture, like this dramatic four-poster bed. By playing with scale in this way, the eye will think the room is bigger than it actually is.
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